Registered Nurse (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 16 October 2018
Bruyere continuing care is a terrific place for new nurses to get some confidence handling difficult caseloads. The skills you utilize are chronic in nature (trachs, gastro tubes, wounds, dialysis, etc). Most of the staff are older RPNs who were grandfathered into the new facility when it stopped being a nursing home. Teamwork is not very strong; there are few PSWs to assist with care duties (which is heavy in nature as most patients are totally dependent); there are 2 or 3 managers who manage their unit well; managers nor educators are required to have more than BScN education (usually this requires masters); 8 hour shifts are easier to do than 12s, however you work more days in a week which can be draining. Ultimately the establishment is not one to boast a positive reputation. It is a great place for new nurses to quickly obtain full-time positions, but I don't recommend it long term.
Procurement specialist (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 30 January 2018
My working environment is one where there's a good sense of team spirit. A strong work ethic is obviously important but the human side is also important. I enjoy working with people who have a decent sense of humour and who, while they might take their work very seriously, don't necessarily take themselves overly seriously! I like people who are down to earth but who have a dynamic and progressive approach to their work. I really enjoy working as part of a highly committed and professional team.
Nutrition Examination Associate (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 15 March 2017
I love dealing with patients, and always tend to put a smile on each and every single one of them. My colleagues are very friendly and provide me with full support. There is no stress on you as long as you get your job done. The shifts are not very long, and honestly, I love working there.
Administration (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 3 December 2016
I am a former employee and I really enjoyed working at Bruyère Continuing Care! The most special things are the employees and the organizational culture. It really feels like you are part of a big family, you feel like home!
Salaries and benefits are excellent, they encourage work-life balance and employee growth. I wouldn't hesitate about going back!!
Coworkers, organizational culture, location, salary and benefits
This organization treats their employees like garbage. Occupational health treats injured employees like criminals and force workers back to the job before they are ready. No support is given to new staff. They are constantly hiring new grads. .. red flag right there. Staff turnover is very high. I highly recommend you stay clear of this place.
not a good place to be unless you are RN or administration
allied health professional (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 31 March 2016
If you are not a nurse or a manager, do not expect to get anywhere within the organization. There are no opportunities for advancement for allied health professionals. Vacation approval process is terrible (quota of 1 staff per discipline off at a time per site) unless you have an administrative position. Low vacation quota makes it difficult for casuals to have enough hours to stay at Bruyere which leads to constant casual turnover. If you are applying to a casual position, be sure to have a backup position elsewhere.
There have recently been major changes to reporting structure which make it more difficult to have employee concerns heard at the senior leadership level. All managers and directors with very few exceptions have nursing backgrounds therefore allied health concerns are not taken seriously. Many departments have been affected by recent cuts which leads to great workloads. Overtime hours are not approved for pay but you are expected to get the work done.
RPN (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 31 March 2016
Bruyere Continuing Care is not a casual friendly place on all units. Some units the staff (not all) are not very helpful to casual employees. Though on other units the staff are extremely helpful and willing to help you grow. The management team is great and very willing to help nurses grow and are willing to direct you to further education opportunities.
great learning experience with the other nurses, very limited nurse discrimination in respect to rpn vs rn status. supportive doctors. overall super team to work with. some units needs more nurses compared to workload.
Rehabilitation assistant (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 22 June 2015
Wide variety of different clientele that permitted to gain knowledge and know how on a variety of different tasks and activities as a rehab assistant. Coworkers are always willing to share their own knowledge.